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The Catastrophic Toll of Truck Accidents

As the “Crossroads of America,” Indiana sees more than its share of big rigs and tractor-trailers on its roads and highways. Indiana also sees its share of horrific accidents involving these enormous vehicles. While every accident is scary, the damage that can be inflicted by a speeding semi loaded with heavy freight can be catastrophic.Those hurt in trucking and tractor-trailer accidents often sustain devastating injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, loss of limbs, massive internal trauma, and permanent disability. These are life-changing injuries that may never fully heal and may require significant lifestyle changes, constant care, and astronomical medical expenses.I fight for those struggling to recover from these horrible incidents. With a relentless determination to obtain the compensation that my clients deserve and need and the experience to make that happen, I am a personal injury lawyer who can help give you the best shot at being whole again.

The Unique Causes of Trucking Accidents

  • There are a number of things that make the causes, impact, and legal issues involved in tractor-trailer accidents different than car accidents. The size of the vehicles and the pressures of the trucking industry play a significant role, as do:
  • Excessive Speed. The deadlines and deliveries truckers have to make can tempt them to drive at excessive and unsafe speeds that don’t take into consideration the road conditions or safety of others. Trucks are less agile than passenger vehicles and take significantly longer to slow down, increasing the likelihood of hitting other vehicles.
  • Driver fatigue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration imposes hours-of-service rules that require truckers to take breaks and drive no more than 70 hours per week. However, like with excessive speed, the economic pressures on drivers can lead them to ignore the rules and drive longer than the law or common sense dictates.
  • Driver distraction. Because they spend so much time in their vehicles, truckers often engage in behavior that compromises their ability to drive safely. As bad as texting while driving is in a car, doing so while driving a massive tractor-trailer can have instant and deadly consequences.
  • Poor maintenance. Federal law requires drivers and carriers to conduct routine tractor-trailer maintenance and inspections of their equipment to make sure they are operating safely. When this crucial maintenance is neglected or ignored, equipment failure can lead to otherwise preventable accidents.
  • Inadequate driver training. Safely driving an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer requires special skill and specific training. Without the proper training, drivers are more likely to make dangerous and deadly errors.

The Truck Driver May Not Be the Only One Responsible

Given the laws involved, the number of parties responsible for a truck, and the seriousness of the injuries caused by tractor-trailer collisions, they are much more complex than car accident cases. The responsibility for tractor-trailer accidents can go far beyond the truck driver and can involve complicated legal issues that an injury attorney familiar with this area of law can successfully navigate.

In addition to the truck driver, other parties like the trucking company, its insurance carrier, equipment manufacturers, or loading companies may become involved in any lawsuit arising from the crash. If you’ve been hurt in a tractor-trailer collision, your ability to be compensated for your injuries may depend on whether you’ve chosen a lawyer who knows the law and knows how to fight for you.

Neil Chapman – Your Evansville Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer

I represent people on a no recovery—no fee basis. If I do not win your case, you do not have to pay an attorney fee.I am always available to discuss your tractor-trailer accident or personal injury case with you during a free, confidential initial consultation. Call me today at (812) 426-0600 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. If you are unable to visit the office for a consultation and live in one of Evansville’s outlying communities, I will come to you.I stand ready to assist you and look forward to meeting with you.

 

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